The Light Ahead

As I am sat here writing this, we are still in the midst of Lockdown 3 although we do have a glimmer of light which is leading us all towards new beginnings and more hope than we have had for a while. Who would have believed that 12 months after the start of the pandemic we would still be living this restricted life and missing the contact of those we love so dearly. Everyday seems to be very much like the last, I am just grateful to be able to go out to work and see a little more going on than others who cannot leave home. We are all missing the closeness of family and friends, of sharing our lives together, so much it hurts. If I close my eyes I can feel the hugs I long for and hear the laughter and fun of the times we were together, very soon this will return, just know it will happen.

I have been having a go at doing a few animal pen drawings and quite a few wooden plaques this last month or so, it keeps me occupied and I do love creating things and especially love when others like them too. I have started an Etsy page and put a few things on there for sale to see if there is an interest but I have been told that it does take a long time to be found.

I was recently been contacted by Newton Abbot Racecourse and asked if I would like to apply for a table at their Country Show in August this year, I have been accepted and it would be nice to think it can go ahead. This time I will be in one of their stables, which I hope to make look amazing, so watch this space.

I was bought a lino cutting set at Christmas, something I enjoyed doing in the Art class at school a very long time ago!! I did try cutting out a very basic design and printing it onto paper, it looked quite thick and very amateur so I think lots more practice is required, I also need to gain a bit more skill with the blades too. There are some very talented artists out there that cut the finest pieces of lino and are able to create some wonderful designs, sadly I don't think I will ever be one of them.

The weather has been a bit grey and far too much rain for my liking lately, my 'no hope' sky forever up there with not the slightest glimmer of a break showing through. It was lovely to see just a light covering of snow recently, looking across the fields towards the peaks of Dartmoor was stunning and secretly I had hoped it would come down heavy while I was off work for a few days, a chance to go out and take lots of photos but that didn't happen. These sheep were huddled together on a chilly, frosty morning and were as surprised to see me as I was them, I just love their cute faces.

I feel so privileged to live in such a beautiful place and to have nature on my doorstep, it is very calming, peaceful and always changing. There are fields and hills, river and sea, stunning trees and greenery and now we have so many birds coming into our garden since we have been feeding them, they are so entertaining to watch. We mostly get Sparrows, Blue Tits, Finches, Wrens, Blackbirds, Robins, Crows, Magpies and the occasional Woodpecker, all an amazing sight and then there is a seagull that dances on the soil to get the worms to come up.

I saw these words just the other day and thought I would share them with you:

'No matter how dark the dark can get, we will always be drawn to the smallest speck of light - because in it, we always find hope'

We can watch our thoughts and choose which ones we want to hold onto and which we wish to let go. I choose to follow the ones towards the light.

Stay safe, be healthy, remember we are all one.

With love

Lizzie xx

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